Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Airline pilots 'too reliant on computers' - aviation experts

Aviation experts have warned that commercial pilots are becoming too reliant on on board computers when flying and are forgetting basic procedures.
This cannot be solely blamed on pilots however as airlines and regulators are known to discourage or prohibit pilots from turning off their aircrafts autopilot. It has been argued that these regulations means that pilots have less  opportunites to maintain their flying skills.

The Federal Aviation Administration examined 46 accidents and major incidents in 60% of major accidents and 30% of major incidents the pilot had trouble manually flying the plane or performed incorrectly with automated controls.

What do you think? Is autopilot or a manual pilot better?

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